Thursday, 31 July 2008

Having family to stay.

Say hello to the fabulous Sam, Paul and baby Ava. they came to stay with us over this weekend just gone. Arriving on Friday tea time, we all court up with each others news and Ben and I couldn't believe how big Ava had got and that she was crawling everywhere and trying to walk as well. She kept looking at the girls running around and you could all most she her thinking to herself, "I'm going to have a go at that" lol And she did once and ended up on her bum. Bless her, I'm sure the next time we see her she'll be walking around the place.

On the Saturday we decided to all go off to the Rare Breeds Farm over near Ashford. Last time we went the girls loved it, so we thought it would be a great place to take the family. Just right for all ages. And as you can see from all the photos we took, it went down really well with everyone. (warn you now there are loads in this post).

First stop was the petting farm, where they had every kind of animal out for snuggles and strokes. Chickens, ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, pigs and a couple of sheep.

We came across these beautiful passion flowers in the butterfly tunnel.
And wow this butterfly is just amazing. They kept flying all around us and in and out of our feet. If you don't like flying things it's not the best place for you lol the girls loved it, but Ben and I couldn't believe our eyes when on turning a corner we both saw Daisy stomping her foot down on to a poor defenceless butterfly and making a grrrr noise at it lol Ben just froze in horror and I shouted out NO! Daisy stop that's very, very naughty. She of course ran off, awww 2 year old's don't you just love them hehe! I did of course give her a little chat about rules of butterfly tunnels and the main one being not to stomp on any. I think she gets it now.

The rest of the family joined us and we told them what had happened. Ben had picked it up and moved it to a safer place, it was still moving around so I think it had a lucky escape. In the next tunnel everyone had their eyes on her and we got through without any more casualty's. Oh god apart from the tropical one that flu in to the wild British tunnel when I was holding the flap open for Sam and baby Ava to come through with the buggy. Flaming things, don't they know they have to stay in the right parts. Ben did get lots of beautiful photos of the ones that didn't get lost or squashed. hehe!

Awww the chickens in their Omlet, my favourite. I had them all following a piece of food lol just call me Mummy Cupcake Doolittle. Look into my eyes, not around them look into them lol
After stopping for some lunch and playtime for the girls on some slides. We popped over to meet Blueberry the Alpaca and her baby Simon (what a funny name, sorry no photos of him). We were all to busy with having fun watching Paul stroke (tease) Blueberry lol every time he patted her on the bum she turned her head like she was going to spit at him lol And of course we were all waiting for it to happen. She didn't I think she liked it really.

Isn't she pretty! bless her, I think she looks like Janet Street- porter lol
Here is Uncle Ben getting in practice again pushing a buggy, think again Mr Short, you'll have to propose first and put a ring on my finger before I give you anymore bubbas. lol

Off on the marsh venture trail, we got lost and took the long way round hehe! (men and maps!). On the way in a field full of sheep where these giant Mr and Mrs wooden seats. Jump on Jade and give us a smile :)

Auntie Cupcake and cousin Jade, holding the baby while the big and little kids have some playtime lol (god please don't look at my belly, any tips on how to lose it pop on a postcard lol). To many cupcakes one thinks hehe!

In the next lot of photos, I'm not to sure who enjoyed themselves more the toddlers, teenager or the adults. You decide lol And yes I did get to have myself, even in a wrap over skirt, well no one was around. Ben did a video of that one. I'll pop it on another post (maybe).

Molly, Daisy and Jade found a great wooden castle with slide and played on that while the grow-ups continued to have races on the aerial runaway.

This was Jade after climbing up into the castle and flopping through the door lol (she'll kill me for putting this on here) but it's so funny. One to show her boyfriend hehe!
After a long very hot day, we all got ice-creams, said our goodbyes to the animals and set off for home.

Back home the girls rested on the sofa and we all had a yummy salad tea. Then it was time for goodbyes and see you soon's. And a long drive back to Cheltenham for Sam, Paul and Ava, after a lovely time together, I'm always sad to see them go, as I'm sad to leave them when we visit Cheltenham.

But it won't be long before we see each other, only a month this time. So we're all looking forward to that.

Isn't it lovely when families get on. Ben's have welcomed me with the biggest open arms and I hope I've done the same to them.

Thanks for a lovely weekend.

Sorry this post is full to bursting with photos, but I had so much to show you. This was just a few of them.

I turned into the Auntie that's been to Bognor lol and brought her slides round to show you all zzz LOL

Hope you enjoyed them and maybe will visit the Rare Breeds Farm for yourselves.

Many hugs.

Catherine x

Friday, 25 July 2008

I seen to have lost a few days...

Sorry it's a while, I just don't know where that week went. If any of you find some extra days floating about pop them in an envelope and post them back to me lol

Thank you for all the good luck comments, it was indeed a lovely and day. Full of lots of sales, organic carrot cake, smiles, laughter and bright sunshine.

Claire had her stall right next to me so we chatted and laughed all afternoon. And worked together with the customers lol sending them to one an others stalls. I'm sure we got more sales that way. And it's nice to help each other.

Ben and the girls enjoyed themselves, going off on the tractor ride, eating cakes and sausages in buns and lots of running around the farm lol Jade helped pack any sales I had and even sold a few bits all on her own. Thanks sweetie, it was fun.

I just wanted to show you the new egg cups I've been working on, I'm hoping they look like dotty duck or chicken eggs. What do you think?

Hope you're all enjoying this beautiful weather we're having, is it safe to say that Summer's here!

I'll have lots of posts over the next few days, as we've been out to a beautiful garden and have loads of photos to show. And also had fabulous family staying with us this weekend. And we went off out to the Rare Breeds Farm so I have lots to share with you all. Yesterday saw us all resting and a little playing on Camber sands beach. Oh and getting stuck in a car park full of pebbles lol

I'll tell all soon.

Many thanks again for all your lovely support, your all lovely ladies x x x


Catherine x

Friday, 18 July 2008

Open Day On The Farm.

Hang out the bunting and bake the cakes, it's open day at Luddesdown organic farm Cobham Kent. Come along if your in the area, we open at 2pm. Click the link and see all the fun on the farm. Which includes tractor rides, face painting, craft stalls, cream teas, fresh fruit and veg and much more.
I'll be there with the fabulous Claire
We're hoping that our tables will be next to one another, so we can look after each others stalls if needed. And it's great to chat to Claire, she's loads of fun.
I'll have Jade my oldest there to help out, she's a fab little sales woman and not afraid to chat to the customers. She'll be wearing your gorgeous apron Vanessa so we'll be promoting other crafty people from Blog land as well as a couple of my favourite homely shops like the fabulous Rosablue.
Fingers crossed for some sunshine but not to fear if it does rain as our stalls are under cover in lovely old rustic barns.
Come along if you can we'd love to see you. X

Well my search is over and I have found a lovely little playgroup in a church hall for our little cupcakes to go too in Sept. And it's only just down the road and round the corner. Daisy can also go which I didn't expect but we're only sending her once a week as she's so little. Molly will go a couple of times, so they get used to not being together all the time. I'm not sure who it's going to be hardest for, me or the girls. It will be fun getting Daisy out of there when Molly has to stay.
We have had two visits and both times the girls have just gone in and played. And we have already brought home some fab pieces of art work lol Ben said "and so it begins" lol boxes full of handmade treasures.
I had that very good feeling when walking into the playgroup and has very pleased when all my questions were answered and I could see the Ofsted reports as well. After having worked in an after school club I know lots of the requirements needed for looking after children safely and professionally. But was pleased to hear that they will give a cuddle or two when needed. This is very important to me and Ben to know they are not just going be told "there, there it's all ok" and nothing else because as we all know there is nothing better than a cuddle when feeling sad or hurt.

I'm going to need lots from Ben when leaving them both there for the first time lol :)
Both our girls are very excitied about going so this puts myself and Ben at some ease too.

I have to say thank you again for all the supportive comments and emails over this subject. They did help me lots.
Great big cyber hugs.

Have a lovely weekend back soon with photos of the open day a little gift from a special friend.

Catherine x

Thursday, 17 July 2008

I'm sure you've all seen this one.

What a lovely film, very moving. I'm so glad I taped it off the telly. Good old freeview lol
My girls, well Molly enjoyed it to. Although I'm not to sure she knew what it was all about. It made a fabulous afternoon sitting together, just me and my girls, a cup of coffee and a tissue or 3.
I now want to read it, so to find the book.
I just love the floral dresses, wallpaper and the yummy looking pies in the old cafe.
Definitely one to see if you haven't already.


Catherine x

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

I'd like to thank...

...the totally fabulous Anna for giving me this award, bless her she received it twice, once for me lol and has now given it back. Thank you lovely lovely friend. Be seeing you soon yeay!

More thanks to Alison for awarding me this one. And thank you for all the lovely comments and emails you send me regularly. They mean so much honey. I'll be using the gorgeous pink chalk hearts this Saturday for the fete. They're going to look fabulous.
And another thanks goes to April for giving me the same award, you always have such lovely things to say to me and make me smile with all your yummy recipes. And you're pink kitchen is the things dreams are made of.
Ooow I'm a lucky girl getting 3 awards in the same week. My heads getting bigger as I type lol
Thank you so very much for thinking of me. Now I have to send these out to a few of you lovely ladies.

But I'm not just going to choose a few of you, I'm sending it out to each and everyone of you that stops by and reads my little blog or emails me and puts a smile on my face. You all deserve them.

Back soon with of news on the playgroup and eiderdown search.


Catherine x

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Calling all you lovely ladies out there...

I'm after some help, we're off to Featherdown farm soon for a lovely family holiday and I'm after one of these gorgeous eiderdowns that you all seem to be lucky enough to own. I've been to a few boot fairs and charity shops but no luck in finding one. And not even a sniff on flaming Ebay, they are all so expensive on there and in other shops.
So please, please if any of you have a less than favourite one you'd be happy to part with or if you see one at a boot fair for a fiver or so, you'd make me the happiest Miss Cupcake in the world.

There's a £20 voucher to spend on my website as payment and the cost of the postage for sending it to me. Just let me know how much.

If this sounds like a nice offer and you can help, hop on and leave me a comment. x

Photos above are just a few of the pretty ones I've seen out there and love the colours in them, pinks, reds, duck egg blues and greens. All faded and ready for snuggles under, in our cosy tent.
Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to hearing from anyone that can help. And all of your lovely general comments. I'm still on the playgroup trail and am looking at a couple this week. Fingers crossed, miss Molly will be settled very soon. I've also found a lovely little group to take Daisy too on a Monday morning. And I can stay and play too lol

Many hugs.

Catherine x

Thursday, 3 July 2008

And the award goes too??? Me! and you and you and you!

Today I received this fabulous award from my lovely friend Julia - vintage heaven. Thanks sweetie, I'm flattered that you've awarded me this. I love reading your blog and it truly makes my day.

Hugs x

Gosh now I have to choose 5 blogs that make my day, argh! it's so very hard to do that. Please don't feel left out if your not one of the 5 chosen, I love each and everyone of you.

Here goes then.

1) It as to be anna-allthingslovely. Anna is one of the sweetest people I've met on here and I feel we've found best friends in on another. I can't wait to meet her for real and enjoy long chat, a mocha and cake in her new cafe. Many hugs lovely lady. x

2) Is the totally fabulous cupcakesathome. I'm proud to say that Tracy is one of my best friends and I'm so lucky to have met her before she, Stephen and all the animals moved to bonny Scotland. Now we speak via emails and blog land. Miss you and your little shop loads honey. I look forward to the day we can come and stay in your gorgeous new home and catch up on everything over some cake. Hope your ready for the noise lol Many hugs lovely, lovely lady. x

3)Has to be vintage amethyst Alison has become one of my biggest email buddy's and has the biggest heart of gold. She's always there with a kind word and advice. I only hope I can give some back when she needs me. Thanks for being there sweetie. Many hugs lovely lady. x

4) This ones for Kelly - Last day of May Kelly deserves this award because she puts everyone before herself and is always thinking of others no matter what is going on in her life. Thank you sweetie for my gorgeous goodies. You truly make my day. Many hugs you sweet girl. x

5) And last but not least is the wonderful Claire - Elfie & Me I'm very lucky to live about 30mins walk from Clarie's and we often pop round one an others houses for coffee, cakes and chit chat. Our home is her home and she is welcome anytime. I'm so glad we met. She is a dear close friend I can share my hopes and fears with. And a cupcake or two lol Thanks for all the fun times we've shared and here's to many more. Many hugs lovely, lovely lady. x
Many thanks again Julia for the award, it really makes you realise who you're close friends are and how lucky we all are to have them and this fabulous place we call Blog land.
Have a lovely weekend everyone.
Catherine x

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

What a lovely result

You Are An ESFJ
The Caregiver

You are sympathetic and caring, putting friends and family first.
A creature of habit, you prefer routines and have trouble with change.
You love being in groups - whether you're helping people or working on a project.
You are good at listening, laughing, and bringing out the best in people.

In love, you value harmony and mutual understanding.
You will apologize or give someone the benefit of the doubt, if it means getting over a fight sooner.

At work, you are good at building relationships and connecting with people.
You would make a great nurse, social worker, or teacher.

How you see yourself: Organized, dependable, co-operative

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Opinionated, critical, and know-it-all

LOL me a know it all never! hehe! well I have been there and done that lol
Which one are you? go on have ago.
Many thanks for all your lovely get well wishes for the little Daisy, she's back to her old bounce self and getting into everything as I type this post lol

Many hugs.

Catherine x